Barcelona must do without Andres Iniesta for their 13 May Kings Cup final against Athletic Bilbao after the Spanish international midfielder injured his right thigh in his side's 3-3 draw with Villarreal. The club said Iniesta would undergo tests on 11 May to determine how long he would be sidelined.
Both Iniesta, the UEFA Champions League semi-final goal-scoring hero against Chelsea last week, and Barca will have their fingers crossed that the injury is not serious enough to rule him out of the Champions League final against Manchester United on 27 May. Barcelona are already without the suspended duo of Dani Alves and Eric Abidal, while French international Thierry Henry is facing a race to be fit for the Rome showpiece after suffering knee ligament trouble.
Iniesta looked downbeat as he left the pitch at the end of the match on a disappointing night for Barcelona, as the Catalans failed to secure the three points they needed to seal the title at the Nou Camp. Early indications suggest the midfielder has suffered a recurrence of the serious thigh injury he picked up in November and Barca coach Pep Guardiola acknowledged he may well lose his in-form star for the rest of the season.
"I don't have a good feeling," Guardiola said. "We will do tests tomorrow, but there is no way he will play this week."